Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages.

Additional Set of Deed Restrictions

Visitor Question: I am in contract to purchase a property here in Hays County Texas. The property in located in a subdivision with recorded Deed restrictions

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Typical Percentage of Land Uses

Visitor Question: What proportion of the land in cities and towns typically is taken up by each type of land use? Editors Reply: The answer to this is

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Not Informed About Covenants and Restrictions

Visitor Question: What happens when the sellers check the box on the sellers disclosure that says there are no covenants and restrictions and then you

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Replacement of Non-Conforming Structure

Visitor Question: Is it possible (i.e. legal) to tear down a non-conforming structure (over 95%, Ordinance says over 75% replacement must fully comply

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Could Residents and Landlords Collaborate to Plant Shrubs

Visitor Question: My city has no requirement for shrubs on residential properties, and rental properties often have none. At least one block in my neighborhood

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Rule Breaking Neighbors Going to Sell

Visitor Question: How do I get the neighbors to fix /comply with our rules before they sell? I do not want to start any bad relationship with the next

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Builder Does Not Meet Subdivision Restrictions

Visitor Question: We have a builder that continues to build houses that do not meet our subdivision's restrictions... for example: gravel driveway, non-brick

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Residential to Commercial Rezoning

Visitor Question: I live on a major road on the outside of a subdivision. There are businesses across the street from me. My question is how do I have

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What Is Tactical Urbanism

Visitor Question: I understand tactical, and as a newer resident of a large city, I hope I am beginning to understand urbanism. Recently I started hearing

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Role of Natural Resources in Economic Development

Visitor Question: Would you please discuss the role of natural resources in socio-economic development and how have they been utilized in their abundance

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Does Foreclosure Erase Deed Restrictions

Visitor Question: If a piece of undeveloped rural property had deed restrictions placed on it and was then foreclosed on and later re-sold, are the deed

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Does church-related school require a conditional use permit

Visitor Question: Our church is currently zoned institutional and has been operating for over 50 years. We would like to add a small private school but

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Is There a List of Current CDCs

Visitor Question: Is there a list of current CDCs? A central registry? How do I find out whether the need I want to address is already being addressed?

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Improper Notification of Zoning Variance

Visitor Question: My question is about a zoning variance. In this town you must notify all neighboring properties within 150 feet. One neighboring property

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Project Management Cycle in Community Development

Visitor Question: How should local communities manage projects using a results based approach? Editors Reply: For the benefit of other visitors, we

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